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Cates plans more drama after Oscars

GOOD MORNING: After the Oscars, Gil Cates goes dramatic with partner Dennis Doty, as they ready a four-hour ABC mini, “Innocent Victims.” The book, by Scott Whisnant, is a true story of justice and injustice which took place in 1985 South Carolina, and was a classic case of prosecutorial misconduct. Gy Waldron is scripting. Cates directs, Doty produces. At Tuesday’s Oscar nominee luncheon, Cates and the rest of the Oscar show and Acad principals agreed this event is more fun for the nominees than the night envelopes are opened. Yeah, except for the winners! A lunch sight you won’t see at the Oscars, f’rinstance: Tom Hanks, John Travolta and Bob Zemeckis talking about how much they loved the DGAwards — the fact it was an industry event, not limited by prying eyes of television. Travolta’s wife Kelly Preston was also celebrating — she’s received another film offer. The latest is “Me and My Shadow,” with Kirstie Alley for Rysher. Hanks and Martin Landau had just flown in from Chi, where they won that city’s crix’ awards. Miranda Richardson had flown in from London for the luncheon and returns today only to turn around for the March 27 awards …”Forrest Gump’s” Steve Tisch will be on hand Oscar night at the Shrine, then segues to the Board of Governors’ ball before heading to Morton’s, where he and Vanity Fair’s Graydon Carter host their Oscar party. Tisch told me he’ll also stop at Chasen’s and the Miramax party to congrat their nominees, and also Paramount’s party (“Forrest Gump”) at Drai’s. Sounds like my route as well that night — plus, of course, the stop at the press room … Landau will be at another gala event Monday, for TNT’s “Joseph” preem here — complete with camels, belly dancers, etc. … Supporting actress nominee Jennifer Tilly (“Bullets Over Broadway”) said Woody Allen would attend the Oscars if they were held on Tuesday. Monday, he’s tooting his clarinet at Michael’s in Greenwich Village …”Tom & Viv” is well into net profits, says Peter Samuelson, “because of the foreign release and the sale to Miramax. We have paid off all the deferments with interest and made three net profit payments to the people who had faith in us.”

JANE SEYMOUR WAS MARRIED MONDAY — on “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman”– to Joe Lando, who plays Sully. Seymour’s mom, Mieke Frankenberg, who winged in from England, watched the ceremony. (Seymour’s married to director James Keach, you recall.) The seg will be the season finale — but they’ll also film six more segs for next season … Brett Butler and the “Grace Under Fire” troupe traipse to Graceland to film a seg, “Memphis Bound,” starting Thursday. Butler and co-star Dave Thomas work in the rarely filmed legendary home of Elvis …”Sisters” films a takeoff on “Enchanted April,” the seg’s titled “Enchanted May,” guestarring Henry Darrow as caretaker of a villa in Mexico (shot in Pasadena) … Ricki Lake shoots a scene for “Mrs. Winterbourne” Monday, in advance of the pic’s regular start May 29. Director Richard Benjamin says it’s to capture the wintry look of N.Y. — in Toronto. The rest of the pic’s set in the spring. The movie will be made for $ 18,750,000. “It’s do-able without short-changing anything,” he says of the remake of the Barbara Stanwyck 1950 starrer “No Man of Her Own”… The 100th anni of movies is being celebrated in France and Stanley Donen winged out Tuesday for a screening at the Scribe hotel in Paris where, he reminds, the Lumiere freres showed the first movie 100 years ago. He then heads to Lyon where the Lumieres lived. Donen, of course, is honored for his films, which include “Singin’ in the Rain,” “On the Town” and “It’s Always Fair Weather,” directed with Gene Kelly — plus “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” “Royal Wedding,” “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” etc. Donen tells me he’s readying a movie return and is working on a non-musical.

HOW DID TERRY BRADSHAW get away from Fox? The Hall of Fame QB and “NFL on Fox” co-host for Fox Sports will star in a half-hour sitcom pilot for Witt-Thomas Prods. and ABC. Bradshaw’s manager David Geshenson explains the W-T deal was in the works when Fox purchased NFL rights and came after Bradshaw (for huge $ ) to topline pre-games. The pilot’s called “Game Night,” with Bradshaw as a former NFL QB who co-hosts a Sunday night network football telecast. What a stretch! … Kevin Pollak, who’s done five indie pix in a year and a half, will appropriately m.c. the Indie Spirit Awards March 25. He’s now co-starring with Jamie Lee Curtis in “House Arrest” for Rysher … And talking of Curtis — that well-publicized (criticized?) handiwork between her and Jon Lovitz on the “Comedy Awards” was not scripted — but was planned backstage. George Schlatter says they’re invited back next year, with handcuffs … For this year’s SHARE show boasting the big band sound, Ray Evans and Jay Livingston have written special lyrics to “A String of Pearls” by Jerry Gray and Eddie DeLange — and originally recorded by Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman.

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